Date: 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

Title: U.S Beef Access to Chinese Market Takes Step Toward Restoration

On Thursday May 11, the Trump Administration announced an important new development in the restoration of U.S. beef access to China. With market access closed for U.S. beef to China for the past 13 years, this comes as welcomed news for American beef producers. The beef community thanks the President for making U.S. beef trade a priority and appreciates the work of the Trump Administration on this effort. 

While this is an important step forward in gaining access to the second largest beef importing country in the world, American beef will not be immediately available to Chinese consumers. One more round of technical consultations between the U.S. and China must take place for final details to be arranged.

For Iowa cattle producers and their fellow cattlemen around the country, getting U.S. beef into China means increased sales and greater value for the product they work hard to produce. China is home to one-fifth of the world’s population, with a growing middle-class that is larger than the entire U.S. population. These middle-class consumers are buying record amounts of protein and China is becoming one of the greatest importers of beef in the world. Access to the Chinese market results in increased demand, not only for commonly recognized cuts like rounds and chuck rolls, but also opportunity for sales of other cuts like tongues, intestines, short ribs.

For more information or inquiries about this new trade advancement or other beef related policies, please contact ICA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager JanLee Rowlett at or call at 515-296-2266.



About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”